Officer among 3 soldiers killed in militant attack on army camp in Kashmir’s Kupwara
Three soldiers including an army captain were killed on Thursday when a group of militants stormed a garrison in south Kashmir’s Kupwara, a defence official said. Two militants were also killed in the attack at the Panzgam area of Chowkibal, the army spokesperson said, adding, “Search ops (operations are) in progress.”
Sources said five injured soldiers have been shifted to a hospital in Srinagar. The attackers, suspected to be fidayeen militants, sneaked into the camp before sunrise at around 4. Sources said the group of four militants are believed to have had crossed over from Pakistan. Read the story here.
Thou shalt not spit: Govt issues new commandment to technical institute students
“Thou shalt not spit and dirty thine surroundings.” This is the new commandment the government wants college-goers to obey as part of its flagship Swachh Bharat programme. A circular issued by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has asked all engineering, professional and technical institutions under it to launch a campaign aimed at discouraging students from spitting on campus.
The institutions were told to involve voluntary groups such as the National Services Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) in enforcing the rule. Read the story here.
Ghaziabad: 70-year-old grandmom beaten for standing up to molesters, dies
A 70-year-old woman succumbed to injuries at GTB Hospital in Delhi on Tuesday after she was allegedly beaten by her neighbours for objecting to their comments about her 17-year-old granddaughter. The incident took place in an area under Murad Nagar police station on April 23.
According to the victim’s family, their neighbours and locals in the area had passed lewd comments and used obscene language while addressing the girl on the evening of April 21. “The matter was sorted out between the elders of the two families. Two days later, when we all were sitting at home, several men from the same family who had harassed the girl entered our house with rods and sticks and started attacking our family. They hit everyone brutally and did not spare even the women and children,” said Mohammad Salahuddin, the girl’s uncle.
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PM in Himachal, to launch low-cost regional air connectivity scheme
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a one-day visit to Himachal Pradesh where he will launch a regional air connectivity scheme through which the fares of flights will be capped at Rs 2500 per seat per hour. The PM will flag off a flight from Shimla to Delhi to launch the ‘UDAN’ (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme which is aimed at boosting regional connectivity. He will also lay the foundation stone of a hydro engineering college at Bandla, besides addressing a BJP rally.
It’s war! Mumbai resident sips chai atop rubble to hit out at BMC
Tired of groaning and grumbling and seeing nothing change, Genesia Alves decided to do something ‘fun’ with the pile of rubble that had been sitting outside her Bandra home since February. Early on Tuesday, Alves teamed up with her 16-year-old daughter Amaia and recreated an iconic World War II photograph, by posing on top of the heap of rubble on St Paul’s Road.
“When I first saw the iconic photo of a woman drinking tea in the aftermath of the 1940 London Blitz, the image stayed with me, especially that look of calm in the chaos,” says Alves, a freelance journalist. “Finally, last morning, when the ever mounting pile reached the right height, I told my family, ‘That’s it. I’m going to recreate the picture because that heap’s almost asking for it.’” Read the story here.
China launches first home-grown aircraft carrier, catching up with India in naval power
China on Wednesday launched its first locally-built aircraft carrier, less than four years after the construction of the 70,000 tonne warship began at the Dalian shipyard. The Type 001A carrier is expected to be commissioned into the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in two years as Beijing seeks to aggressively project its maritime power thousands of miles away from its shores.
The Chinese carrier has been launched at a time when India is still struggling to build its first indigenous carrier. The construction of the Indian carrier began in 2009 and it was launched in 2013. The Indian Navy said the carrier would be commissioned in 2018 but a report by the national auditor contradicted the claim, stating that the project is years behind schedule. Read the story here.
Thai woman who saw her baby’s murder broadcast on Facebook Live says she forgives father
The distraught Thai mother of a baby girl killed by her boyfriend in a murder he broadcast on Facebook Live has described the harrowing moment she stumbled across the video and rushed to alert police. The killing on Monday evening caused revulsion both in Thailand and around the world, sparking renewed debate about what can be done by social media giants to more quickly remove live broadcasts of violent crimes, suicides and murders.
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Kashmir separatist leader Asiya Andrabi arrested
Separatist leader Asiya Andrabi was arrested in Srinagar late on Wednesday night. A heavy contingent of police, along with the SHO, arrested Andrabi from her residence in Soura at 11:30 pm on Wednesday. Andrabi is the founder of a separatist organisation Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) and a member of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Andrabi is married to Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, a Hizbul Mujahideen leader who is currently in jail. Read the story here.
Modi factor, fresh faces in Delhi: Five reasons why BJP won MCD elections
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP swept the municipal corporation polls in Delhi, a remarkable comeback from its poor show in the 2015 assembly election. The BJP had then won only three out of 70 assembly segments, but its Wednesday tally stood at 180 out of 270 corporation seats. Its victory rate jumped from about 4% in 20015 to nearly 65% in 2017. Here are four reasons that led to such a massive swing. Read the story here.
‘Huge’ explosion near Damascus airport in Syria, says monitor
A massive explosion hit near the Damascus International Airport in the early hours of Thursday morning, a monitoring group said, without specifying the cause. “The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Damascus International Airport lies about 25 kilometres southeast of Syria’s capital.
The Britain-based Observatory, which gathers information from sources across war-ravaged Syria, said it had confirmed the explosion had not taken place inside the airport itself. “It’s unclear what caused the explosion, but there fires raging at the site,” Rahman said. Read the story here.